Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in the US is set to begin works on key components of its $1.62bn overhaul project at Terminal 4 and 5 this month.

As part of this initiative, LAX closed the eastern half of the Terminal 4 headhouse last week in order to execute demolition works.

Featuring ticketing counters, an auxiliary checkpoint for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and baggage claim carousels for American Airlines, this portion of the building will be rebuilt.

The western part of the building will continue to be operational.

Later this year, LAX plans to build a new south concourse within Terminal 4. It will comprise extra space for concessions, restrooms, hold rooms and a bus gate that will cater to both domestic and international passengers.

Additionally, the north concourse will be enhanced to enable better passenger movements.

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Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) CEO Justin Erbacci said: “Every aspect of the LAX experience is being modernised and reimagined, and the work progressing now inside Terminals 4 and 5 will breathe additional new life into the airport’s facilities.

“We are grateful to our partners at American Airlines for their close coordination as we move our guests efficiently and continue the LAX modernisation in time for the 2028 Olympic Games.”

Since the ground-breaking ceremony in 2018, works have been underway for gates realignment in Terminal 5.

Works are also on to build vertical core to link Terminals 4 and 5 with the future Automated People Mover train’s West Central Terminal Area station. 

American Airlines Corporate Real Estate vice-president Kirk Hotelling said: “American Airlines is building a terminal for tomorrow, a substantial multi-year commitment to modernise our hub at LAX.

“When complete, the upgraded facility will create an entirely reimagined customer experience from end-to-end with a reconfigured ticketing area, more efficient security checkpoints, upgraded gate area amenities, state-of-the-art finishes and expanded retail and dining options.”